Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering


  1. PhD Student wins Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition

    PhD student S.M. Ali Tasalloti from the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering and the Centre for Goetechnical Railway Engineering (GRE) won the 2014 Young Professionals Geotechnical Competition open to both industry and academia.

    The competition, held in Sydney, was hosted by the Australian Geomechanics Society and Institution of Engineers Australia.

    Ali’s presentation, based on his PhD research, was conducted in front of a packed audience at the Engineers Australia Auditorium in Chatswood. Ali’s PhD research is supervised by Prof. Buddhima Indraratna,  Dr Ana Heitor, and A/Prof. Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, and this is part of an ARC-Linkage project in collaboration with Port Kembla Port Corporation, Douglas Partners, Coffey Geotechnics, Menard Bachy, BHP Billiton and ASMS.

    The research team was tasked with the development of a suitable reclamation fill for Port Kembla Outer Harbour extension, as the conventionally dredged marine soils were found to be environmentally and geotechnically unacceptable.  Therefore the proposed project included the potential utilization of  blended steel furnace slag and coal wash, as a substitute for conventional natural fills for offshore reclamation. The blended Steel Slag and Coalwash material was tested in SMART geotechnical Laboratories  for ensuring the desired strength and deformation properties, before being tested in a field trial in Port Kembla,  and since then a considerable area of the Port is now reclaimed using this blended mix with great success.

    Ali faced stiff competition with excellent presentations from several young professionals from academia and industry, where the judging panelconsisting of several academics and industry colleagues, considered the quality of both written papers (published in the Australian Geomechanics Journal)  plus the oral presentations in selecting the overall winner.


    PhD student S.M. Ali Tasalloti

  2. CGSE PhD Scholarship Available

    PhD Scholarship available in Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PhD scholarship to investigate the mechanisms governing laboratory and in situ testing in soft natural clays. The multifaceted research project will involve an intriguing blend of laboratory testing of high-quality undisturbed samples recovered from the Centre’s National Soft Soil Test Facility at Ballina, NSW, and advanced numerical simulations of soil tests allowing for very large deformations.

    This project is part of the Centre’s research themes on Geomaterials Science and Moving Boundary Problems. Its focus will be on the development of novel testing procedures, together with the modelling of strain softening and rate effects on the shear strength of clays in large deformation boundary value problems.

    Suitable candidates will have a Civil Engineering background, preferably with an MSc in Geomechanics or Computational Mechanics. candidates should have relevant experience in computer programming and/or laboratory testing.

    The scholarship stipend will depend on the merit of the candidate, and will be in the range of AUD 30,000 – 35,000 p.a. (tax free) for three years.

    Please submit expressions of interest along with a copy of your CV to Dr. George Kouretzis. Email George for further information.

    Closing date for applications: 31 August 2014

    The scholarship is available to commence immediately.


  3. CGSE Researcher Dr Shanyong Wang Awarded Future Fellowship

    Dr Shanyong Wang won a successful bid for a Future Fellowship with a total value of $761,579 over 4 years.

    This project aims to investigate the fundamentals of fracture-controlled compensation grouting in various types of soil, so as to optimise the compensation efficiency and to minimise the risk of collapse of nearby structures. This will result in the minimisation of ground movements induced by underground excavations, which pose a major threat to existing infrastructure and communities worldwide. Small-scale laboratory experiments, centrifuge tests and numerical analyses will be conducted to develop an effective and economical grouting method that will provide a valuable design tool for engineers.

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  4. ARC Funding Awarded to CGSE Researchers

    CGSE researchers Shazzad Hossain, Mark Cassidy and Yuxia Hu were awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant for their project “Investigation of alternative footing shapes to mitigate instabilities during installation of offshore drilling platforms”.

    CGSE, through COFS, will partner with three researchers, Dr Jonghwa Won, Dr Jong-Sik Park and Dr Seong-Jong Kim, from the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME), Korea. They will actively participate and contribute to the project.

    Footings for mobile drilling (jack-up) rigs exhibit significant failure rate in the offshore oil and gas industry, costing $5~50 million per incident. The project will develop new spudcan shapes that are better suited to eliminate risk of failure during the installation of jack-ups in emerging oil and gas frontiers of Australia and around the world. Innovation through physical and numerical modelling will ensure world leading training for 1 Postdoctoral Fellow and 2 PhD students.

    The research will foster the advancement of unlocking of Australia’s stranded oil and gas reserves, particularly as the industry moves towards more complex seabed conditions.

    Jonghwa Won, Youngho Kim, Shazzad Hossain, Stefanus Safinus, Joonmo Lee at Daewoo shipyard













    Picture: Jonghwa Won, Youngho Kim, Shazzad Hossain, Stefanus Safinus, Joonmo Lee at Daewoo shipyard

  5. Hassan Sabetamal wins AGS NSW Research Award

    Mr Hassan Sabetamal, a PhD student in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, has won the prestigious Australian Geomechanics Society NSW Research Award for research in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology.

    This award recognises novelty, originality, and industry relevance and was given for his work on “Finite Element Algorithms for Dynamic Analysis of Geotechnical Problems”.

    This research describes new computational algorithms for the analysis and design of a wide range of energy and transport infrastructure, such as building foundations, bridge foundations, offshore oil and gas facilities, retaining walls, slopes and tunnels, which are subject to dynamic loads. These types of loads occur frequently in practice, particularly under earthquake conditions, and are difficult to model using conventional techniques. Mr Sabetamal, who is supervised by Dr Majid Nazem, Prof Scott Sloan and Prof John Carter, has also done cutting-edge work on the modelling of contact mechanics, which describes the complex behaviour that occurs at soil-structure interfaces.

  6. isce2014

    Registrations are open for icse2014 – 7th International Conference on Scour and Erosion. 2nd – 4th December 2014 in Perth, Western Australia.

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  7. Workshop on Transport & Energy Infrastructure

    The Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering is holding a workshop on Transport and Energy Infrastructure: Research and Practice at the University of Wollongong.

    Early bird registration $270 inc GST closes 30 June 2014 Download Flyer